If we want more mom execs, we need more dad homemakers

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  1. Tania Hrebicek says:

    It’s so refreshing to read your piece. Because it really is that simple. As you say, for there to be more female top executives, more of their spouses need to take the lead role at home.

    • Jay Palter says:

      Thanks for the comment, Tania. As simple as it sounds, it is not so easy for men to change their perception of their role. I think a new generation of men may feel differently, but the changes are all tied up in gender stereotypes that society reinforces every day.

      • Tema Frank says:

        That “new generation of men” is a long time coming. I thought we were seeing it start when I wrote “Canada’s Best Employers for Women” in 1994, but I haven’t seen nearly as much progress as we should have in the nearly two decades since.

        According to a Time magazine article that just came out, though, the % of dads who stay at home has doubled in the past decade. (But two times nearly zero is…) http://ti.me/stayathomedads2012

  2. Melissa says:

    I stumbled upon your blog on pinterest while I was, coincidentally, working on a reflection paper about the lack of women in high powered jobs. I completely agree with your point of view and that is in fact what I wrote my paper about! I think the things you write about are very valuable and add to the fact that maybe discrimination itself isn’t really the problem.

    • Jay Palter says:

      Discrimination in the corporate workplace is real and a serious barrier to women’s advancement. Just the other day, I read about a study in which two groups of investors were given a business plan that was identical in every respect except the company leadership: one version had male leaders and the other version had female leaders. Investors preferred the version with male leadership.

      However, social roles play an important supporting role. Should a woman find a partner willing to shoulder the burden of raising a family, she must still contend with criticism of her decision to choose a profession over the social expectation that she be the primary caregiver at home.

      It’s a complex web, to be sure.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Melissa. I really appreciate it.

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